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Ija Charles Video
Columbia, South Carolina artist Ija Charles is a self-taught painter/entrepreneur. Her series range from portraits of ordinary people to a diverse sampling of symbols from our day-to-day culture. These images are then reimagined and reconstructed in her unique way. Ija plants an idea for each new work and harvests the positive vibes her very foundation is based upon in every piece once sealed with her signature.
My life experiences, my interactions, passions, interests, and reflection, all manifest in my artwork and change over time. Using the human face and figure as a vehicle to reimagine day-to-day portraits with positive images and stories to match. I am drawn to the themes of optimism and genuine emotions, usually finding inspiration from my own life. My work is often colorful, character-driven, and wholehearted to help paint positive vibes on our canvas of life.
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Tuesday, April 6, 2021 12:00 AM by Charlene Slaughter
On the side of a building on State Street in Cayce is a mural depicting a young girl, full round cheeks, big brown eyes and a curly afro surrounding scenes of “The Wonders of Cayce.” Inside one of the rooms at Immersion – an interactive art gallery on Main Street – is a diva bathed in colors with braided hair and full lips, wearing glasses on the tip of her nose with the words “Where Will You Go?” etched on the lenses. Head down the 1400 block of Main Street and a new mural depicting the once vibrant and bustling community of black owned businesses, restaurants and shops, titled Black Wall Street, is coming alive.
Credit Columbia artist Ija Charles for these art scenes and many others that have been popping up across the Columbia region – and made an appearance at the Super Bowl this year. Charles adequately describes her art pieces as a renaissance of Black joy.
Just received his Master's in Art (Fine and Applied) in 2023 from Tai Solarin University of Education, Ogun State, Nigeria